Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Today the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register (76 FR 73570-73581) proposing to make a series of miscellaneous changes to the pipeline safety regulations. According to the summary of the NPRM the changes would “correct errors, address inconsistencies, and respond to rulemaking petitions” (76 FR 73570).

The specific areas to be addressed in the NPRM include:

Transportation of Pipe - §192.65

Threading Copper Pipe - §192.279

Offshore Pipeline Condition Reports - §§191.l27 and 195.57

National Pipeline Mapping System (various sections)

Welders vs. Welding Operators (various sections)

Components Fabricated by Welding - §§192.153 and 192.165

Odorization of Gas - §192.625                                                                               

Editorial Amendments (various sections)

Public comments on these proposed changes are being solicited by PHMSA. Comments may be submitted to the Federal eRulemaking Portal (www.Regulations.gov; Docket # PHMSA-2010-0026). Comments must be posted by February 3, 2012.

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